Magic Mountain

Jadosnuri Mta

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

High up on the mountains of Georgia stands a majestic mansion, in an idyllic landscape, built on the orders of the very last Tsar of the Romanov dynasty. The building, now almost decrepit, carries no trace of its former glory; instead, it functions as the Abastumani sanatorium which houses stigmatized and marginalized tuberculosis patients. Magic Mountain unveils the building’s history, with Mariam Chachia, the co-director's own personal brush with TB as a starting point. The historical path, the absurdness, the grief, and the plight of a whole entire country are engraved on its crumbling shell. Infinitely more than a simple guided tour in the innards of the sanatorium, Magic Mountain consists of an immersion to a personal, as well as collective nightmare, imbued with an almost metaphysical atmosphere, within the humidity and the fog embracing the once magnificent structure. Similarly to Salomé Jashi’s critically acclaimed Taming the Garden (2021), Magic Mountain talks about Georgia and the post-Soviet condition with utmost profoundness and deep emotion.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Mariam Chachia, Nik Voigt
Cinematography: Nik Voigt
Editing: Nik Voigt, Mariam Chachia
Sound: Nino Gogua, Niko Tarielashvili
Music: Paul (Foda) Fothergill
Production: Opyodoc, Telewizja Polska
Producers: Mariam Chachia, Ewa Szwarc
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Georgia, Poland
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 73'
Contact: Institute of Documentary Film
Awards/Distinctions: Best Film – Docs Barcelona 2023, Young Onion Award – MakeDox 2023, Silver Apricot (Regional Panorama Competition) – Golden Apricot IFF 2023

Mariam Chachia


2009 What is an Election?
2013 Kirov Street 8
2016 Listen to the Silence
2023 Magic Mountain (co-direction)

Nik Voigt


2006 Dreaming in Red
2023 Magic Mountain (co-direction)